Boston Lyric Opera adds artistic adviser, roving opera truck, digital operas, community conversations

Posted on: September 11, 2020

During the pandemic, Boston Lyric Opera is “proceeding with a new artistic appointment and several new artistic initiatives including a roving opera truck,” writes Jeremy Eichler in Wednesday’s (9/9) Boston Globe. “The opera truck will be called BLO Street Stage, and the company will use it to bring solo and small-ensemble performances to neighborhood audiences in Boston and beyond…. BLO will also launch a new platform for digital content called operabox.tv.… For this virtual stage … the company’s staging of Philip Glass’s ‘The Fall of the House of Usher’ … previously scheduled for live performances this fall, will now be filmed in a new cinematic version; composer Ellen Reid … will collaborate with director James Darrah to create an eight-episode virtual opera entitled ‘Desert In.’ … The company will also continue offering free streaming content including … conversations … hosted by public radio journalist Celeste Headlee…. The conductor Vimbayi Kaziboni, a Zimbabwe-born, Boston-based new music specialist who teaches at Boston Conservatory at Berklee, will join the company in a newly created artistic adviser position…. His primary mission, he says, will be to advocate for underrepresented voices in classical music, and ‘to tell new stories and unheard stories.’ ”